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Texas Bucket List: the Houston Water Wall

For the last four years, I’ve been keeping a Texas Bucket List on my phone. You know, we all have one – a list of things you want to see and do either alone (lol!) or with our families. My list was specific to Texas since I knew we wouldn’t live here forever. As a Canadian, living in warm Texas has always felt like a bit of a honeymoon and I wanted to take full advantage of it.

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Staying afloat: the life of a Swim Mom

My daughter’s swim team held its annual banquet last weekend. It’s the one night of the year when they ditch the swim suits and get dressed up to celebrate the hard work and achievements of the past season.

Swimming is an amazing sport, and competitive swimming trains true athletes. I’m continually impressed with the discipline, athleticism and mental toughness it takes to be a competitive swimmer.

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DIY floral crown birthday party

My daughter came home the other night from a Sweet 16 party for two of her friends and, from what I can tell, this party was da bomb!

There were food trucks, kayaks, a DJ, lots of dancing, and get this…a craft station where the girls were able to make their own floral crowns. What a cool idea!! Who said 16-year-olds are too old for crafts…especially one that is so trendy these days and filling up Instagram feeds everywhere??

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Kendra Scott’s best kept secret

Hey y’all! (I’m going to use that as much as I can these last few months that I’m in Texas)

I love Kendra Scott jewelry – it’s on trend, it can be simple or ornate and I think the price point is decent. It’s not the kind of jewelry that you’d cry for days if you lost, but at the same time, it makes a statement and is really fun to wear. Her use of color in her jewelry is beautiful, in my opinion.

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Good eats along Calgary’s 17th Avenue

It had been quite some time since I’d been in Calgary and, more specifically, on 17th Avenue SW. I’m going to say 7 years…has it really been that long since we moved??

So, on our recent spring break, I was able to enjoy and view this great Canadian city through the lens of a tourist. No work, no carpools, no rush-hour traffic – we were simply there as visitors.

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Ladyballs

There is an ad campaign that’s garnering a lot of attention these days. And I just want to say “Bravo!” to Ovarian Cancer Canada for coming up with a smart, funny and rather cheeky advertisement to create awareness for an under-recognized disease.

The ad encourages women to have the “Ladyballs” to disagree with a male colleague, to ask a guy out on a date, etc. You get the idea. It states that “women have balls too, and they’re at risk.”

If you haven’t seen the TV version of the ad, you can watch it here.

Party of five